One dead, one charged in deadly police pursuit

One dead, one charged in deadly police pursuit
One dead, one charged in deadly police pursuit (Source: Florence PD)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - A Brilliant man is facing charges after a deadly pursuit with police.

Florence Police say 21-year-old Zachary John Madden was driving without headlights in downtown Florence around 1 a.m. Saturday. Police attempted to pull Madden over. When he refused to stop, police say that’s when a pursuit began.

Madden crashed through a locked gate near the intersection of College and Mobile Streets before crashing into Cypress Creek. Madden managed to swim to officers. A second man swam to the opposite side of the creek. He has not yet been identified.

A third person was inside the vehicle that crashed into Cypress Creek. Florence Police Water Rescue and Recovery found the body of 35-year-old Joe Deewayne Cothrum inside the vehicle.

Madden was transported to the Lauderdale County Detention Center. No bond has been set.

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